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Qcoss Community Planning Final


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Qcoss Community Planning Final

  1. 1. Regional Planning to End Homelessness Liz Giles Manager Homelessness Unit City of Sydney
  2. 2. Regional Planning to End Homelessness <ul><li>OUTLINE </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Context </li></ul><ul><li>Why do we want one </li></ul><ul><li>Getting your partners on board </li></ul><ul><li>Planning & implementation: top down or bottom up? </li></ul><ul><li>Two examples from Sydney </li></ul>
  3. 3. Policy Context for Regional Plans <ul><li>Federal : White Paper committed to working with all layers of gov. & the private and not-for-profit sector to develop strategies that will be responsive to local conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>State : NSW government has committed to targets & the development & support of regional plans. QLD will put in place Regional Coordinators. </li></ul><ul><li>Local : CoS & other Local Councils have committed to working with their communities to develop local plans. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Regional Planning: Why <ul><li>1. The moral argument : </li></ul><ul><li>Access to secure, appropriate and affordable housing is not only a basic requirement for all people, it is an essential component of an inclusive, dynamic & sustainable community </li></ul><ul><li>2. The costs argument : </li></ul><ul><li>It’s more expensive to maintain homelessness than to solve it </li></ul><ul><li>A strong plan will pay for itself! </li></ul><ul><li>3. The results argument : </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of programs that work at the population level </li></ul><ul><li>Regional plans have proven effective in reducing costs at the same time as achieving better outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s time to fix the leaky boat! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Getting your Partners on Board <ul><li>1. State and Federal Government </li></ul><ul><li>Will need broad & active support to reach their targets </li></ul><ul><li>Generic plans need to be adapted to be relevant locally </li></ul><ul><li>2. Private Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Will respond to the language of outcomes or ‘return on investment’ </li></ul><ul><li>Actively involve them in the development of a plan </li></ul><ul><li>3. Non-government Sector? </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes are good for business! </li></ul><ul><li>Resource poor = need to work together </li></ul><ul><li>Will be tasked with achieving state and federal goals </li></ul>
  6. 6. SYNERGY n ; from Greek word sunergia ‘working together’   :the interaction or cooperation of two or more drugs, agents, organisations etc to produce a new or enhanced effect compared to their separate effects
  7. 7. Top Down or Bottom Up: Who case manages the service system? <ul><li>How will goals and targets be converted into measurable outcomes on the ground? </li></ul><ul><li>W hat impact, if any, will they have on daily practice ? </li></ul><ul><li>How much change can we accommodate? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be the drivers of that change? </li></ul><ul><li>It hasn’t been decided = opportunity </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of two Regional Planning Approaches in Sydney Inner City and Nepean Regions
  9. 9. Inner-City Regional Plan <ul><li>Inner City Forum of Lord Mayors (10 Councils) have agreed to work together on the development of Regional Homelessness and Affordable Housing Plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Forum next week bringing together Federal, State & Local Government, specialist & mainstream services to discuss the development of a Regional Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting next week of corporate & philanthropic organisations dedicated to solving homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of a fully representational Taskforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify our Champions </li></ul>
  10. 10. Inner-City Regional Plan <ul><li>Key Elements of our Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Data: expand the Street Count across the region & coordinate all other available data (HPIC, Outreach, Census) - baseline & target groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: establish a common goal & attach targets . </li></ul><ul><li>Audit of assets: expansive list of everything we have to work with. </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted strategies: locational/issues/target groups/needs . </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated planning: with State & Federal Plans & with Affordable Housing Plans . </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated approaches: moving from stand alone approaches toward partnerships – SAAP SOG . </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible & Outcome focused: everything in service of a common goal, reviewed regularly & adapted as needed . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Nepean Campaign Against Homelessness <ul><li>Regional Taskforce comprised of 4 Councils; 120 NGOs including 40 homelessness services; key government agencies & corporate partners . </li></ul><ul><li>MoU signed by all parties & launched by Minister in Sept. </li></ul><ul><li>Process is facilitated by a Coordinator funded by DoCS & employed by a SAAP service . </li></ul><ul><li>Will establish a consortium of homelessness services to partner with Community Housing to develop a supportive housing model </li></ul><ul><li>SAAP services will provide early intervention & tenancy sustainability support up to 150 tenancies by 2011 . </li></ul>
  12. 12. 2 Different Models One led by Local Government One led by Non-Government same outcome A Regional Plan developed out of a local community addressing local issues utilising local support and local resources.
  13. 13. Thank you <ul><li>Liz Giles </li></ul><ul><li>Manager Homelessness Unit, City of Sydney </li></ul><ul><li>Ph: 02 9246 7676 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>